Clarke demands ICC action on video referrals after Bell ‘edge’

Thursday, January 6, 2011

SYDNEY - Australian captain Michael Clarke wants the International Cricket Council (ICC) to clarify the use of video referral technology after England’s Ian Bell dodged an “edge” to score a controversial century.

Bell had Aleem Dar’s caught-behind decision on 67 reversed when hotspot technology was inconclusive. Hotspot is a contentious issue and is not used in every Test around the world.

“I’d like it to be either in or be out. I’d like the ICC to make that decision and then at least it’s fair for every team dealing with the same issue,” Clarke said after stumps on day three of the fifth Ashes Test.

The Herald Sun quoted Clarke as saying further: “I actually said that out there to Bell as well, I said, ‘I do think hotspot is inconsistent’.”

Under ICC rules, both competing nations must agree to use hotspot. World No.1 India refuses to use it.

When Bell’s decision was referred, Channel 9’s “snicko” device, not available to umpires, and stump mikes suggested a thin edge to Brad Haddin.

But third umpire Tony Hill reversed Dar’s decision because the hotspot was “cold”.

Clarke was adamant Bell, who went on to score 115, was out. (ANI)

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